The salary statistics of food scientists and technologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food scientists and technologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food scientists and technologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$38,260|
|25th Percentile Wage||$49,390|
|50th Percentile Wage||$63,660|
|75th Percentile Wage||$88,100|
|90th Percentile Wage||$120,130|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food scientists and technologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food scientists and technologists is $120,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,260. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 213% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food scientists and technologists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of food scientists and technologists in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for food scientists and technologists occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $83,740. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $37,650).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
From the above tables we note that not only food scientists and technologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of food scientists and technologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,250 to $94,790. The highest paying state for food scientists and technologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $94,790. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,250. For more salary information of food scientists and technologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |